Post-2015 High-level Panel report launch

Strong focus on women’s and children’s health in final report to the United Nations Secretary-General

3 JUNE 2013 | GENEVA — The High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda issued its final report to the United Nations Secretary-General on 30 May 2013. The report entitled A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development outlines recommendations for the next global development agenda, setting out proposed strategic shifts in development planning for the accelerated reduction of poverty and proposing illustrative goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals after their deadline in 2015.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health congratulates the High-Level Panel on its ambition to end all forms of poverty, in particular for the poorest and most vulnerable, and for its recognition of the centrality of health and the required focus on women and children to sustainable development. In addition to calling for a goal on “healthy lives”, which includes targets on child and maternal mortality, reproductive health and vaccine coverage, the High-level Panel calls for the implementation of integrated strategies to ensure the fulfillment of all people’s human rights and health, such as ensuring people are covered by social protection systems, ending child marriage, increasing access to secondary education, and reducing stunting.

The High-level Panel’s recommendations call for the following 12 goals, with 54 targets:

  • end poverty;
  • empower girls and women and achieve gender equality;
  • provide quality education and lifelong learning;
  • ensure healthy lives;
  • ensure food security and good nutrition;
  • achieve universal access to water and sanitation;
  • secure sustainable energy;
  • create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth;
  • manage natural resource assets sustainably;
  • ensure good governance and effective institutions;
  • ensure stable and peaceful societies; and
  • create a global enabling environment and catalyse long-term finance

The report also sets out five strategic shifts for global development beyond 2015:

  • leave no one behind;
  • put sustainable development at the core;
  • transform economies for jobs and inclusive growth;
  • build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all; and
  • forge a new global partnership

PMNCH and its members have been critical proponents of a people-centered approach to sustainable development and the need for a cross-sectoral approach to improving health outcomes, as called for by the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The PMNCH post-2015 working group has also published a position statement endorsed by more than 240 partners, and produced evidence pieces on integrated approaches to women’s and children’s health, which have been fed into the UN post-2015 consultation process. PMNCH has been a successful partnership model advocating for and supporting the implementation of an inclusive development agenda.

PMNCH also welcomes another important post-2015 process, the African Union’s development of an African Common Position on the post-2015 development agenda, which also recognizes the centrality of health to sustainable development. The health section in the African Common Position is underpinned by a longer African Union document entitled Health at the Core of Post 2015, which recommends a number of indicators and raises the critical need for disaggregated data and a cross-sectoral approach to improving health outcomes. The African Union has also set up a heads of state committee, chaired by the President of Liberia, to lead on post-2015 discussions and ensure that African priorities are reflected in the next global development framework.

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